Uh huh, and what's it sound like? Here's the skinny: Fellaheen's latest release, BUSKING FOR KARMA, finds the band rocking harder and poppier, with guitars, bass & drums battling the forces of oppression real and unreal, and offers a potential hit or two to a non-judgmental world. But still, ahem, it's "...conjur[ing] up a philosophically informed mÃ©lange of rocknroll, scratchy blues, and murky existential wit while betraying a secret pop heart."
"What the Last Five Minutes Have Taught Me" - Rockin' and clashin', just a little pissed off, politically motivated if you care, plain ol' lovelorn if you don't.
"Record Collector" - A little grungy, moody thumper these kids today dig...
"Secondhand" - a ballad via megaphone and lo-fi drum machine, down in the groove, with a piano solo sorted out by Lisa
"Cold Green Tea" - Harder & heavy, vaguely psycho-delic, slightly bemused, parental advisory offered if your kid ain't heard where babies come from yet...
"Fall" - A twist o' Lennon acoustic ballad, with dime-store Zen philosophizing...
"Studio Blue World" - If a picture paints a thousand words, then what's a nice double matte and gilt-edge frame gonna get ya?
"Oswald's Dirge" - Bleak. Bleak, bleak, bleak. Yet peppy...
"Quarantine" - Atmosphere courtesy of a semi-working e-bow, an oceanphone, horsehair across a $100 resonator guitar, an incorrectly played psaltery, and a nice cabernet at 3 a.m.
"Harry Sez Hi" - Rockin' tribute to Harry Smith (who presented the song to the author in a dream, thus the contorted facts contained within), with Harry Nilsson, Harry Partch and George Harrison checking in.
"Unrealized" - the album's jazz move. Something for Sam Phillips (the woman, not the Sun Studios guy) to sing if she's short a song next album.
"When You're Asleep" - Slightly
Beatle-y, slightly ornate production (well, strings and a fake French horn), slighty inscrutable.
"Set Yer House in Order" - Inspired, in part, by the great Matt Ruff book of similar name, and by mental quagmires that come for dinner and stay for breakfast.
Also see: Fellaheen - "Dispatches from Quarantine", available through CDBaby.com
Check out the artist's website:
1. What the Last Five Minutes Have Taught Me
2. Record Collector
4. Cold Green Tea
6. Studio Blue World
7. Oswald's Dirge
9. Harry Sez Hi
11. When You're Asleep
12. Set Your House in Order